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Border walls and fences seem to work pretty well in Israel:

 
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  1. Anon[701] • Disclaimer says:

    I think some of Israel’s wall’s effectiveness is the willingness of the guards to shoot to kill. That won’t go over in the U.S., so the wall design has to be even more effective.

  2. Dr. X says:

    Wow, (((they))) built a wall (with $4 billion in American taxpayer dollars) after only 17,000 illegal entries per year?

    What’s that… about a day’s work for Border Patrol in the El Paso sector???

  3. Steve:

    The sad thing is that no one will ask Pelosi, Schumer, Obama, or any other Dem why it’s okay for Israel and not for us. Simply put Israel can’t be racists because they are Magic People. Notice that Netanyahu runs Israel worse than the a Mob Boss and can commit any crime he wants and none of the Dems say anything. Instead they attack Trump for nonsense.

    There are reports that farmers are now finding “Muslim Prayer Rugs” near the borders where the illegals are coming in from Mexico. But of course we don’t need a wall because these Muslims are more good citizens for America. CNN killed a story about how well the walls were working in some areas near border towns. Pelosi and Schumer won’t meet with citizens who had their children killed by illegals. Did you see that on CNN? No Hope….

    • Agree: Hail
  4. Shouldn’t that be absolute nullity?

  5. Grumpy says:

    “It’s amazing how difficult it is for a man to understand something if he’s paid a small fortune not to understand it.” — John C. (“Jack”) Bogle (paraphrasing Upton Sinclair).

    Mr. Bogle was referring to money managers, but his observation probably explains most of the willful ignorance that Mr. Sailer has been pointing out for years.

    Mr. Bogle died today, at the age of 89.

  6. anon[202] • Disclaimer says:

    Remember the funny story of that protester trying to prove walls didn’t work only to fall off the wall and break his leg?

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  7. Ibound1 says:

    The laws of physics are different in Israel as proven by all the miracles in the Bible. The fact that Arabs cannot simply walk through that Israeli concrete and steel is simply a miracle on the order of the loaves and fishes! It could never work here because we don’t have miracles here. Maybe if we transported some magic dirt from Israel to put under our wall it would work. It’s worth a shot.

    • LOL: GermanReader2
  8. Anonymous[420] • Disclaimer says:
    @niteranger

    I thought those rugs were valuable and not just left around.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  9. @anon

    I hope he fell on the Mexican side, otherwise we’re picking up his medical expenses.

  10. @Bard of Bumperstickers

    The trouble with Paul’s suggestion is that it can be instantly undone after the next election. And who says Trump has the power to remove the myriad of incentives that attract immigrants here? The congress certainly isn’t going to do anything about them.

    We need to unify and focus on one thing–The Wall–and get it done. If we start start tossing around alternatives nothing at all will happen. This is the Democrat’s strategy–when Trump talks about the southern border, say visa overstays are the real problem. Not that they’re going to do anything about visa overstays, but it changes the subject and serves as a useful distraction.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @istevefan
    , @Bill H
  11. Did you forget that the Harry Potter series of children’s fantasy novels conclusively demonstrates that we don’t need a wall to secure our border?

    Instead, we can imitate the example set by wizards in the Harry Potter books, who take the border with the non-magical (“muggle”) world very, very seriously, but don’t resort to such plebeian measures as walls to keep out the riff-raff. Rather, they use a wide array of extremely complex anti-foreign countermeasures, often based on deception and illusion, to ensure that the hoi polloi don’t ruin their fun little world by blundering in en masse.

  12. Walls work.

    Trump and the GOP should flip this back on the Dems; after all, they can pass a budget with $5 billion dollars for the wall and end the partial shutdown tomorrow. Why don’t they?

    Because they don’t want a physical barrier. Why not? because walls work.

    Also, here’s AOC not at all behaving like a crazy stalker lady:

    https://nypost.com/2019/01/16/ocasio-cortez-chased-mcconnell-around-capitol-as-shutdown-drags-on/

    “He seems to be running away from us,” ( said the crazy stalker lady)

  13. Anonymous[378] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    We need to unify and focus on one thing–The Wall–and get it done.

    But if they know they’ll make you give over the mother of all amnesties in exchange.

  14. istevefan says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    You are correct that the next administration can remove or ignore policy changes. Also, the wall will be a symbolic reminder that we do have borders. And given the recent posts by Steve about NY Times’ editorials concerning open borders, I think we really do need that symbolic gesture of a hard border.

    • Replies: @J
  15. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Anon

    We should be unapologetic, do what must be done, and ignore the crying and the staged riots in leftist-controlled cities. This is largely what Trump has been doing in a watered-down way, with the result that the outside world does respect us even as the international media makes a lot of noise.

  16. istevefan says:

    Trump had a good tweet today concerning the proliferation of border walls across the world.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @donut
    , @BB753
    , @GermanReader2
  17. Hail says: • Website
    @istevefan

    I believe he may have gotten this directly from Lou Dobbs, who the night before had broadcast exactly this information.

  18. Hail says: • Website
    @niteranger

    MAGA vs. UATMIGA (Use America To Make Israel Great Again)

    Who wins?

  19. Wilkey says:
    @niteranger

    The sad thing is that no one will ask Pelosi, Schumer, Obama, or any other Dem why it’s okay for Israel and not for us. Simply put Israel can’t be racists because they are Magic People.

    The more important thing to remember is that every country – America, Canada, Italy, Greece, etc – is supposed to “learn the lessons of the S.S. St Louis”…except for Israel.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    , @Chris Renner
  20. We aim to keep Mexbollah out. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be a Mexinot Line.

  21. @Wilkey

    “learn the lessons of the S.S. St Louis”

    Lesson? “If you don’t let all the Jews into your country that want to come into your country, Jews will wreck your country”? Do I have that right?

    (Also “If you do let all the Jews…”) Is this a Catch-22?

  22. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Why? There’s a range like in anything else, and they might have had to leave in a hurry. Also, Islam lacks (where it does not vehemently forbid) a lot of the consecration normal in more familiar traditions.
    Leaving a Quran in the dirt would be highly unlikely. A rug is a rug.

  23. J says: • Website
    @istevefan

    A ten meter high wall is very symbolic, yes.

    I wish to add that Israel’s border wall is not anti-immigration. We are actively trying to attract immigrants with Jewish roots. The wall is to protect us from hostile invasors, I mean, before the wall there were two million Muslims from Erythrea and Sudan and Lybia walking on the road with the purpose of settling in Tel Aviv. This growing wave was stopped before it could develop and mature.

    I think you should look at Trump’s Wall in the same way. The caravan walking from Honduras through Mexico toward the USA is just the vanguard of an unstoppable human wave from Central America, Venezuela and surroundings. They are not bad people, but they are many, and you are relatively few and decreasing.

  24. Mr. Anon says:
    @niteranger

    The sad thing is that no one will ask Pelosi, Schumer, Obama, or any other Dem why it’s okay for Israel and not for us.

    Tucker Carlson has asked several Democratic Party flacks that very question. There answer is always some variant of “because reasons”.

  25. Mr. Anon says:

    The Democrats are pushing the notion that 1.) the Wall is wasteful, and 2.) it will be ineffective.

    As to:

    1.) No Democrat cares about wasting $ 5 billion. Hardly any Republican cares about wasting $ 5 billion. And nobody in Congress would actually do anything substantive to keep the government from wasting $ 50 billion, let alone 5.

    2.) Of course the notion that it would be ineffective is a transparent lie. The Democrats fear the wall precisely because they think it would be effective. The notion that it has to be 100 % effective – that if people build ladders to scale it, it would be a failure – is bogus anyway. Anything that makes it harder to cross the border will make illegal border crossings less likely. Plenty of people die in car accidents with thier seat-belts on. That doesn’t mean that seat-belts don’t help prevent fatalities. Locked doors on houses get picked or broken all the time. That doesn’t mean it is foolish to lock your doors.

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
  26. 17, 285 illegal border crossings a year relative to Israel’s population of 8.7 million is like 646,200 border crossings a year relative to America’s population of 325.7 million. Which is, of course, a number that is pretty close to the number of illegal border crossings that we see, every year, according to official statistics.

  27. @niteranger

    “The sad thing is that no one will ask Pelosi, Schumer, Obama, or any other Dem why it’s okay for Israel and not for us.”

    First, Pelosi, Schumer, et al dream they could be Netenyahu.

    Second, every penny spent building the wall takes a penny away from aid to and military support of the objectives of America’s true overlords.

  28. @Anonymous

    They cannot make the president do anything, regarding the wall verses other policy options.

  29. @Bard of Bumperstickers

    I seem to remember illegal aliens already LEGALLY can’t receive welfare. Somehow I doubt we’ll really enforce it THIS TIME, unlike before.

  30. Sean says:

    The anti terror West Bank wall in not comparable. But Israel Southern border fence stopped African (mainly Eritrean) illegal immigration.

    https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Israels-border-walls-A-case-study-For-Trumps-mantra-574517

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt%E2%80%93Israel_barrier#Purpose

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43619833

    Under the five-year plan, some 16,250 African migrants who entered the country illegally, many of them seeking asylum, would be resettled in Western nations, which Mr Netanyahu had said included Germany, Italy and Canada.

    Israel’s unwanted African migrants
    For each migrant resettled overseas, Israel would give “temporary residence” to a migrant in Israel.

    However, the arrangement had drawn opposition from anti-migrant groups and from powerful politicians within his governing coalition.

    Canada will still take in a number of the migrants in Israel as it has a separate agreement with the Israeli government. According to Canadian reports, almost 2,000 asylum seekers who have requested either immigration status or asylum in Canada will be processed there.

  31. IHTG says:

    Typically Israel uses walls next to populated areas. Everywhere else, it’s a fence.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/lebanon-to-file-complaint-at-un-over-israels-building-of-border-wall/

    Work on the security barrier began at the start of last year, with the joint IDF-Defense Ministry Borders and Security Fence Directorate having been cleared and received funding to build 13 kilometers (8 miles) of concrete walling along the approximately 130-kilometer (80-mile) border in order to protect the 22 adjacent Israeli villages.

    The Lebanese border is short enough and hostile enough that it may be completely walled off eventually though:

    Eventually the plan is to construct a barrier along the entire border — a project that would cost NIS 1.7 billion ($470 million).

    • Replies: @Sean
  32. Sean says:
    @IHTG

    Yes, but “everywhere else” is the South, where there are Egyptian guards on the other side that will shoot at anyone going at the fence, which is in a desert.

    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt-police-kills-15-african-asylum-seekers-1.5421844

    15 Sudanese Asylum Seekers Shot to Death by Egyptian Police While Trying to Cross to Israel
    Officials say asylum seekers ignored warning shots and sprinted toward the fence; another eight people were wounded.

    THE ETHICS OF THE IRON WALL

    By Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1941.
    The world must be a place of co-operation and mutual goodwill. If we are to live we should all live in the same way, and if we are to die we should all die in the same way.

    But there is no morality, no ethics that concedes the right of a glutton to gorge, while more tempered people die of starvation.

  33. That is one T-H-I-C-C wall.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  34. CK says:
    @Bard of Bumperstickers

    There are also incentives in all of the nations south of the US-Mexican border pushing the lowest classes and the poorest educated out and north. As long as the USA is an objectively better place to live push incentives will continue to operate no matter what legislature the USA passes that reduces the levels of pull incentives.

  35. @Redneck farmer

    Let’s all Make America Great
    In a “time machine” back to the state
    Of Washington Small
    With no handouts at all,
    So no parasites storming the gate.

  36. Anonymous[273] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve, people keep pointing this out to you, and you keep ignoring it, but:

    It is Israel’s fence and guardposts along the Sinai border with Egypt that is the equivalent to Trump’s proposed wall, i.e. one up against a friendly country whose purpose is to stop illegal migrants (and it works!). The Lebanon border is an active military frontier in an active war zone, and so is the Gaza wall, and effectively so is the West Bank barrier.

    This matters because what you think is a gotcha zinger is ruined for normal people by this difference. They can look at the Lebanon border wall and say “Sure, if we were at war with Mexico I agree we’d need that, but we aren’t so what’s the big deal?”

    Why don’t you focus on the actual analogous case, the heavily guarded Sinai border fence? In that case Israel gets to have a barrier on its border, patrolled by troops, that has effectively shut down illegal migration.

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
  37. Thea says:
    @Redneck farmer

    Depends on how you define welfare.

    If they have a baby here then they can collect WIC and public housing legally although technically the welfare is for the “American” child. Also hospitals will not turn them away and public schools must accommodate students regardless of their status.

    So whatever other welfare programs exist, I guess they can’t get legally but they don’t have to break further laws to receive some financial gains.

  38. @Anon

    I think some of Israel’s wall’s effectiveness is the willingness of the politicians to issue shoot to kill orders.– There, fixed that for you.

  39. Anonymous[151] • Disclaimer says:
    @J

    I wish to add that Israel’s border wall is not anti-immigration. We are actively trying to attract immigrants with Jewish roots.

    That is racist, isn’t it?

  40. Bill H says: • Website
    @Harry Baldwin

    “The trouble with Paul’s suggestion is that it can be instantly undone after the next election. “

    Don’t be so sure. The DREAM act was created by executive order of one president, but the court ruled that a subsequent president could not undo it by executive order because he did not provide a “sufficient reason” for reversing the executive order of his predecessor.

    • Replies: @John Cunningham
  41. @Redneck farmer

    I seem to remember illegal aliens already LEGALLY can’t receive welfare.

    They are given “emergency” medical care and free public education.

    If they manage to squat out a brat on US soil, then the gravy train starts flowing.

  42. donut says:
    @J

    “We are actively trying to attract immigrants with Jewish roots.” Have you put the word out in the US because we’ve got a shitload you can have .

  43. donut says:
    @istevefan

    “Trump had a good tweet today”. F**k him and his tweets ! DO something MF’er . We’re getting out of Syria he tweeted . Bolton says we’re not and 4 Americans just got killed there , how convenient . A tweet is not an executive order . A tweet is as useless as a promise made by the dashboard lights .

    At least Mr. Loaf kept his promise . We’ve been Dumped by Trump .

  44. BB753 says:
    @istevefan

    A wall doesn’t have to be 100% successful to be effective. My front door is only, say 50% effective but I still don’t keep my door open.
    But a wall or a door is only as successful as the willingness to enforce law on trespassers.

  45. @Wilkey

    Speaking of the “lessons of the S.S. St Louis”, an underappreciated one is that the passengers could probably have immigrated to the United States legally under the “draconian” 1924 Immigration Act. They were German nationals, and Germany never came close to sending its full quota of immigrants in the 1930s or 1940s.

  46. @Anonymous

    Eff “exchange”. Just build it.

    Trump has a less than two years left of semi-control of the executive. Just build it while you can.

  47. @Anon

    Israel has built massive concrete walls and steel fencing systems and underwater obstacles and many other kinds of barriers.

    Israel is a welfare client of the American Empire that has gotten hundreds of billions of dollars worth of cash and other goods from the United States.

    The American Empire should sever any and all ties with Israel. The United States should build massive concrete walls and steel fencing systems and underwater obstacles and other barriers to prevent the infiltration of the USA by illegal alien invaders.

    GOP treasonous rat globalizers like Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise and Liz Cheney push mass legal immigration and they will do nothing to stop illegal alien invaders from destroying the United States.

    Tweet from 2014:

    Tweet from 2015:

  48. JimDandy says:

    It’s true, but I don’t like the comparison. It falls too neatly into the unspoken deal some Zionists make with Goys who rebel against political correctness: “You want to call out the excesses of gay and trans activists, feminists, Black Lives Matter, socialists, open-borders-ablosh-ICE Dems, etc? Great, we will support you. All you have to do is shout your loyalty to Israel from every rooftop while you’re doing it, and we will have a place for you.”

    It’s a scam, anyway. They just use you and then they let you dangle. Witness Gavin McInnes and his Proud Boys.

    But the Dancing Israelis already explained it a lot better than I ever could:

    “According to the police report, one of the passengers told the officers they had been on the West Side Highway in Manhattan “during the incident” — referring to the World Trade Center attack. The driver of the van, Sivan Kurzberg, told the officers, “We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem.”

    • Replies: @Anonym
  49. Trevor H. says:
    @Mr. Anon

    It’s weird how much razor ribbon is employed all over this nation to keep people from where they don’t belong. Yet to use any at all to protect us from outsiders is Not Who We Are.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @J.Ross
  50. Mr. Anon says:
    @Trevor H.

    It’s weird how much razor ribbon is employed all over this nation to keep people from where they don’t belong. Yet to use any at all to protect us from outsiders is Not Who We Are.

    Indeed.

    https://www.ttnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-660-367/public/images/articles/amazon-fullfillment-center_5.jpg?itok=nycGXY-t

  51. @Chris Mallory

    They can get a lot more, if they steal a Social Security Card or if the agency tasked with approving welfare does not check whether they are in the country illegally.
    During the Obama years, the US government advertised, that it would not check the immigration status of people applying for food stamps.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315115/Shocking-US-government-leaflet-tells-Mexican-immigrants-collect-food-stamp-benefits-admitting-theyre-country-illegally.html

  52. Anonymous[151] • Disclaimer says:
    @J

    They are not bad people, but they are many, and you are relatively few and decreasing.

    That’s not an argument. That is true regardless of whether they are allowed in or not. How does it justify keeping them out?

  53. @Chris Mallory

    U.S. Officials Tried to Handcuff Caravan Asylum Seeker Moments After She Gave Birth

    After entering the U.S., Serrano Hernandez was detained by Customs and Border Patrol agents along with her 20-year-old husband … and their three-year-old son. Fearing for their safety … the couple decided to cross the U.S. border illegally.

    Quickly, the Honduran immigrant began to feel abdominal pains and was transferred by authorities to a local hospital, where she gave birth to a baby boy.

    I wonder who will pay for the procedure?

    How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby in a Hospital?

    The study found that California women giving birth were charged from $3,296 to $37,227 for an uncomplicated vaginal delivery

  54. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Trevor H.

    Of course, that’s because those are the Walls We Are, the ones that protect the elites.

  55. @J

    Israel’s border wall is not anti-immigration. We are actively trying to attract immigrants with Jewish roots

    National Origins Act of 1924:
    “We are not anti-immigration. We are actively trying to attract immigrants with Northwestern European Protestant roots”

  56. This is no time to be jetting around the world, Nancy.

    “No plane for you!”
    – Plane Nazi

  57. @istevefan

    The problem with leftists is that they do not care about facts, logic, experience etc. (Maybe this is because a lot of them have liberal arts degrees and therefore think that things become true by saying they are true. )
    The typical leftist argument goes like this:
    (If he/she/it/they is in favor of something like Head Start, Free College Tuition, …)
    Even if this policy improves the situation for a little bit for a few people, then untold billions spent on it will be worth it.
    (If he/she/it/they is not in favor of something like the Wall, etc.)
    If only 1 person manages to climb the wall, then the whole wall is useless.

    • Agree: istevefan
  58. If you haven’t seen it, Dennis Prager has written a pretty devastating attack on the Left and their opposition to the Wall.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/01/15/the_left_the_wall_the_truth_139182.html

    P.S., for those who think all members of a certain group are inherently leftist and/or anti-American, you still have to account for people like Prager, who is one of the best anti-left advocates around.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  59. Warner says:

    Here’s a thought.

    What if poor Americans gave up their US citizenship, stopped paying taxes, and started collecting welfare and freebies, now with little the feds can do against them because they’re now undocumented?

    If you can’t beat em, join em. Make all of America undocumented. But keep the gibs.

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
  60. It’s not who we are!

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    , @Reg Cæsar
  61. JimDandy says:
    @Prester John

    I mean, I have to admit, saying, “‘It’s not who we are’ is an anti-semitic statement!” (with a straight face, of course) might have legs.

  62. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Hypnotoad666

    There never were any people who honestly thought “every single X” (in fact, this straw man is guilty of its own fallacy). When you try to talk about certain people, you will either be pestered with “not all X” (which is irrelevant) or completely dishonest definition arguments. A squeaky wheel is more than a squeaky wheel when the US Congress bows down to it. And generalizations are only logical errors or moral issues when they mention our masters — nobody is ever ridiculous for babbling about “the neo-nazi alt-right” or evil rednecks.
    I have no patience for this because what it really represents is intelligent people voluntarily stepping into their enemies’ target frame, it’s like Steve King voting against his own rights because he thinks he will earn some kind of credit this way.

  63. @Bill H

    What the commie judges mean is that a racissss Republican pres. Can never reverse an exec order by a sacred DEMONRAT pres. A holy DEMONRAT CAN REVERSE any GOP order.

  64. The Great Wall of Chaïm. Keeps the Muhongols out.

  65. @J

    A ten meter high wall is very symbolic, yes.

    So is an 11m-high ladder. That’s why you need backups.

  66. @Prester John

    It’s not who we are!

    Who we are isn’t the point. Walls are because of who they are.

  67. Anonym says:
    @Bard of Bumperstickers

    This piece from the New Yorker is good re:lolbertarianism.

    I am somewhat sympathetic to libertarianism but it gets spergy and impractical. Life isn’t simple no matter how simple you want to make it in order to fit your theory.

    https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/l-p-d-libertarian-police-department

    I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.

    “Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”

    “What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”

    “Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.”

    The heroin needle practically fell out of my arm. “What kind of monster would do something like that? Bitcoins are the ultimate currency: virtual, anonymous, stateless. They represent true economic freedom, not subject to arbitrary manipulation by any government. Do we have any leads?”

    “Not yet. But mark my words: we’re going to figure out who did this and we’re going to take them down … provided someone pays us a fair market rate to do so.”

    “Easy, chief,” I said. “Any rate the market offers is, by definition, fair.”

    He laughed. “That’s why you’re the best I got, Lisowski. Now you get out there and find those bitcoins.”
    “Don’t worry,” I said. “I’m on it.”

    [MORE]

    I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

    “Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

    “Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.

    “Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”

    It didn’t seem like they did.

    “Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”

    Nothing. These people were stonewalling me. It almost seemed like they didn’t care that a fortune in computer money invented to buy drugs was missing.

    I figured I could wait them out. I lit several cigarettes indoors. A pregnant lady coughed, and I told her that secondhand smoke is a myth. Just then, a man in glasses made a break for it.

    “Subway™ Eat Fresh and Freeze, Scumbag!®” I yelled.

    Too late. He was already out the front door. I went after him.

    “Stop right there!” I yelled as I ran. He was faster than me because I always try to avoid stepping on public sidewalks. Our country needs a private-sidewalk voucher system, but, thanks to the incestuous interplay between our corrupt federal government and the public-sidewalk lobby, it will never happen.

    I was losing him. “Listen, I’ll pay you to stop!” I yelled. “What would you consider an appropriate price point for stopping? I’ll offer you a thirteenth of an ounce of gold and a gently worn ‘Bob Barr ‘08’ extra-large long-sleeved men’s T-shirt!”

    He turned. In his hand was a revolver that the Constitution said he had every right to own. He fired at me and missed. I pulled my own gun, put a quarter in it, and fired back. The bullet lodged in a U.S.P.S. mailbox less than a foot from his head. I shot the mailbox again, on purpose.

    “All right, all right!” the man yelled, throwing down his weapon. “I give up, cop! I confess: I took the bitcoins.”

    “Why’d you do it?” I asked, as I slapped a pair of Oikos™ Greek Yogurt Presents Handcuffs® on the guy.

    “Because I was afraid.”

    “Afraid?”

    “Afraid of an economic future free from the pernicious meddling of central bankers,” he said. “I’m a central banker.”

    I wanted to coldcock the guy. Years ago, a central banker killed my partner. Instead, I shook my head.

    “Let this be a message to all your central-banker friends out on the street,” I said. “No matter how many bitcoins you steal, you’ll never take away the dream of an open society based on the principles of personal and economic freedom.”

    He nodded, because he knew I was right. Then he swiped his credit card to pay me for arresting him.

  68. @Anonymous

    The Lebanon border is an active military frontier in an active war zone

    Sure, if we were at war with Mexico

    I thought if there is a war zone then you are obligated to take in all the refugees, not wall it off.

    War in Syria .. Europe needs to take in millions of refugees, not Europe needs to wall off Syria.

    War in Lebanon … Israel needs to take in millions of refugees, not Israel needs to wall off Lebanon?

  69. Anonym says:
    @JimDandy

    “According to the police report, one of the passengers told the officers they had been on the West Side Highway in Manhattan “during the incident” — referring to the World Trade Center attack. The driver of the van, Sivan Kurzberg, told the officers, “We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem.”

  70. @Reg Cæsar

    You can turn that into a game:
    Wall, ladder, gun.

    Ladder scales wall.
    Gun shoots ladder climber.
    Wall blocks bullets.

  71. Trevor H. says:
    @Warner

    Yes. I think we all should do this, or some version of it. Either that or go completely off the grid. I’m way past sick and tired of the insanity. I need to opt out.

  72. Trevor H. says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    There’s a luxury & exotic car dealer near me that has a pretty intimidating fence around its lot. But with the proper equipment I think I can get over it. Score that Aston Martin which I think I deserve. Why should someone with more privilege get it?

    Times like this I really wish I were a third-world type. Then if I got arrested I could have the major media on my side.

  73. Trevor H. says:
    @Anonym

    Funny enough (though I sorta skimmed it) but it should be pointed out that while taxes keep going up we’re now having to pay fees for each and every government service.

    What are the taxes for then? We always hear…roads! Sidewalks! Guess what proportion of taxes nationwide go to those…

  74. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:

    Jobs Americans Just Won’t Do

    Wingstop is replacing workers with robots and removing items from the menu as the industry battles skyrocketing labor costs

    “You’ve got an environment where, really, the economy is strong,” BTIG analyst Peter Saleh told Business Insider in 2018. “People are trading up into better jobs. There aren’t as many employees or capable employees to do the jobs these companies need.”

    “The only way to truly deal with this is to reduce the number of labor hours that are required to run your concept,” Saleh said. “And, I feel like the only way to really do that is to implement technology.”

    “Skyrocketing”

    On Monday, Wingstop released preliminary sales results for the fourth quarter. In fiscal 2018, domestic same-store sales increased 6.5%, marking the 15th consecutive year of same-store sales growth.

    Think they were giving raises for 15 consecutive years? A mere slowdown in the inflow of cheap foreign labor makes them scream, just imagine what unleashing the wall and E-Verify would do.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/wingstop-tests-kiosks-cuts-sides-to-save-on-labor-2019-1

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @bjondo
  75. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Anonym

    It’s possible to make a lot of high-pitched, useless fun with sophistry and straw men, but anyone who has studied a certain recent historical period characterized by an ideology opposite to libertarianism will recognize similarities unhelpful to the satirist’s point, especially in the police needing constant refreshers of money and in having problems with basic functionality of instruments. There is also the problem that rich communities, where people are likely to be knob enough to subscribe to the New Yorker, have preferred rentacops for decades without any spilled heroin.

  76. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Anon

    The only Wingstops and Wingsnobs I know of are in certain areas where people enjoy chicken and could honestly really use a restaurant franchise job.

  77. bjondo says:
    @Anon

    who needs wingstop?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  78. Anonymous[420] • Disclaimer says:
    @bjondo

    In Kansas City, we have Stroud’s on the high end for chicken and Go Chicken Go on the low end, so we don’t need any national chains.

    https://gochickengo.com/

    Plus the non-steezerphobic may want to visit “El Pollo Rey”, a real Mexican chicken place in KCK that sees white people mostly only if they work at the BNSF Argentine Yard or the UP 18th yard. (Railroaders have far better taste in food than truckers: truckers will eat at some really crappy places but railroaders are particular. You see few of them at the Waffle House across from Argentine, for example.) You can get a baked half chicken, a couple of sides and a bottle of Mexican, real sugar Coke pretty reasonable.

    https://www.visitkansascityks.com/listing/el-pollo-rey/475/

  79. Brutusale says:
    @J

    We are actively trying to attract immigrants with Jewish roots.

    Just an observation from someone living in the Northeast, where your coreligionists are thick on the ground: you’re obviously not trying very hard.

  80. @Anonym

    That’s funnier and more perceptive than I would have expected from The New Yorker. Too bad the writer wouldn’t dare give SJWs the same treatment.

    • Replies: @Anonym
  81. Anonym says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    That’s funnier and more perceptive than I would have expected from The New Yorker. Too bad the writer wouldn’t dare give SJWs the same treatment.

    True.

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